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Punta Teonoste, Nature Lodge & Beach Spa
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Del Puente las Salinas 7 km hacia el Astillero , Tola, Rivas Nicaragua, Tola 505, Nicaragua   |  
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Los Angeles, California
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“Tranquil, Relaxing, Private”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We arrived at night and were very pleased the staff waited for us. The place is not easy to find since there is only a small yellow sign informing you where Punta Teonoste turn off is from the main road (so ask for directions before hand). Once you make the turn it is basically another 20 miles of mostly dirt road. The road is under construction, so in a year or two it will be a smooth drive. Once you arrive the view is speculator and will take your breath away.
I read the reviews and most are accurate with the description and expense. For an upscale establishment one does expect more, but that did not deter us from having a wonderful time and experience. We did pretty much have the place to ourselves. Maybe because of the time of year or the distance from the town is what prevents more people from staying. The hotel we were informed is under new ownership and slowly upgrading/improving the place and staff. It was obvious with the staff, rarely were we asked if anything was needed. Once the meal was served no one ever came back unless you asked them over. With the all inclusive package, no alcohol beverage is part of the amenities, but at least they make it up with the food variety.
Some of the staff member do go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and pampered and will gladly accommodate most requests you have.
I highly recommend taking the trip to the Hot Spring Pool. Better go now before the place is eventually turned into a resort area. Such a delightful package...the natural hot water, the pate, bread and wine. Since we were the only ones, we were allowed to stay longer which was phenomenal.
The bungalow we stayed in was a bit unusual. The bedroom is up a rounded staircase and there is absolutely no privacy if you want to change, so leave your luggage downstairs. It would be more appropriate if there was a screen and curtains, but the bedroom balcony is all open to the outdoors. As for maid service, only if you ask for it.
It’s still a wonderful place and well worth the adventure. We did get a discount because of the off season; otherwise for the expense, the establishment is quite high for the area and amenities.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

1. The beach and the sights are amazing. The scenery's tranquility is only interrupted by the crash of waves and the singing of colorful finches. The cliffs very cool and there are tons of places to walk. If you want to surf give it a shot, but be careful as the tides can become quite violent. Also, I have never seen more stars in my life. I believe I counted 5 shooting stars in one night.

2. Biking around the immediate area is recommended if you are adventurous. They need to get new bikes (the ones they gave us were old and did not work well at all). There are a ton of very strange, but quite excellent looking mansions around the area. There are also some of the poorest, but nicest people you'll ever meet. (do speak Spanish)

3. The food is so-so. Some meals were splendid and some were quite lacking. There are few options for vegetarians. Drink lots of Tona (which is a beachy, crisp lager full of flavor)

4. The lodge and the Cabanas are flat out awesome. Well constructed, each cabana affords amazing views of the foamy surf. Often times the horses will feed just outside your room affording some great pictures. While we were there we had them move the main bed to the second floor (northern cabanas). The outdoor showers is very cool also. The rooms are quite clean and very comfortable.

5. The service is very good. They are obviously new at the whole resort game, but they work very hard to please you. At times they seemed terrified.

6. Walk the nature trail. While it comes to a dead end, it is cool to see what they were originally going for but failed to complete.

7. Check out the hot springs. You'll hang around some locals and the staff of the hotel will make you feel special with tiki torches and wine.

8. Watch out for the turtles. They are ever present and very cool to see.

9. Ride the gentle, well-kept horses. Watching the Sunset on horseback is extra special here.

10. I really would like to know more about this place. It is interesting in the sense there are some plans that were attempted but never completed (the nature trail). I understand this, in parts, is a Swiss owned venture. I would not be surprised at all if this was a front for a money laundering operation.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PuntaTeonoste, Gerente at Punta Teonoste, Nature Lodge & Beach Spa, responded to this review, October 28, 2012
Hello GozerTraveler,

Thank you very much for all the compliments. Indeed our resort is a very special place where you can relax, come to yourself and enjoy nature.

Concerning surfing and the waves, depending the time of the day and season, waves are from 1 meter up to 4-5 meters and that makes Resort Punta Teonoste the best surf location resort in Nicaragua making it up to your skills which waves you prefer to ride. We have a great surf teacher available on request, who has also great experience working with children. After a day of surfing and if needed, we can offer a good massage from our Spa, where several Spa treatments are available.

A Swiss/Nicaraguan family, who decided to build this resort throughout the years, owns the resort. Slowly up, from one villa to sixteen in total, the whole resort was completed finally three years ago. The Club House is a beautiful indigenous structure with Restaurant, Spa, Lounge, Bar, Yoga and Reception area. We are now in the process of updating our villas again, as an ongoing process of updating our resort to service our Guests the best we can.

Slowly our resort receives the international appreciation for our conservation work for the Turtles, exceptional Kitchen and great Surf experience. Our staff is from the area and as they say in the country side life is very "sana" here in Nicaragua, means they are friendly and almost shy. Therefore, their English is not that good, but it is improving and slowly they feel confident to speak it and communicate better with our Guests.

Surf & Turtle Resort Punta Teonoste is ready for international Guests, who love Surfing, Turtles, Nature tours and good kitchen. You may ask our kitchen to make something special, especially for you and your partner or family, they love to do that, our staff loves to take care of you!
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FIRENZE
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

I'm Italian and I've been there with my family for a holiday in September 2011. I discovered it by accident and initially I wanted to stop for one night but then I decided to stay for another 3 nights. The staff is excellent, very helpful, by the owner, a lady famous French chef with various medals Nicaragua. The person who has been at the heart of my son is Mr. Alberto who made himself available for every need and that has worked hard throughout. We loved the release of sea turtles in and contributed directly. It 'been a great, unique and unrepeatable, like the beach, the sea and its people very hospitable. the place is ideal for newlyweds and families.
Patrizia Dettori & Federico Simonti
Son Cosimo Simonti

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

We REALLY wanted to like this hotel and stayed for one night before getting out of the place the next morning.

With a few minor fixes in the huts and better-trained staff, this place COULD be fantastic.

The good:
One of the best secluded white beaches in Nica, utterly gorgeous.
Incredible unspoilt location.
Turtle hatchery.
Staff friendly and try to be helpful (when asked).
Gorgeous clubhouse and views over pool to sea.

The bad:
Rooms look good but designed badly/dysfunctional by luxury standards.
LOTS of bugs. We had to ask for the (seemingly decorative strips of) mosquito netting to be added to the 4-poster bed, only to find that the central fan had been fixed so low in the ceiling that the netting had to be left open above the bed to allow it to spin round (!)
Bug quota not helped by the smelly stagnant water nearby, which clearly attracted lots of mosquitoes.
Lacking in atmosphere - we were the only guests and only stayed one night.
Menu is horrifically expensive even by London standards...fancy European style food and there's no alternative but to eat there as hotel's so remote (steak for $43, shrimp pasta for $17).
Service culture unfortunately lacking - staff were really helpful when asked, but didn't really foresee guests needs...we were the only 2 guests and despite there being a number of staff hanging around, we had to carry our own heavy bags when we arrived and were initially offered one of the second row huts, with no view and in a shaded area with lots of mozzies. When we swum in the pool (watched by all the staff!) we had to ask for pool towels. We were given the wrong key to room, had to wait an hour for room to be cleaned despite being only guests and arriving at 4pm, etc.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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, Propietario at Punta Teonoste, Nature Lodge & Beach Spa, responded to this review, June 25, 2012
Dear ClaireW14
I appreciate your writing about our hotel.
We are glad that you had a positive experience at Punta Teonoste overall, and you have given us some advise to improve and take care of the minor fixes you have pointed out, to be fantastic!
We offer villas that integrate to the nature. The bedrooms are equipped with mosquito net on the windows, to avoid the entrance of mosquitos to the room. There is a large ceiling fan on the bed, which would allow mosquitos to fly around the bed. In spite of it all, we are sorry to learn you were not satisfied with the mosquito net on the bed.
Our menu is high cuisine, and our most expensive steak price range is US$16.00 to US$22.50 plus taxes. Pasta prices ranges from US$9.00 to US$17.50, being the last one prepared exclusively with jumbo shrimps. Menu prices start at US$8.00.
We appreciate your comments about service. We are glad to hear that our staff was friendly. We are committed to hire locals and train them as part of our Social Enterprise Responsibility Program. We need however to work harder, since they do have to learn to anticipate to our guests needs.
Your comments will sincerely contribute to our committed improvement!
Thanks a lot!
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Living in Managua my wife and I spontaneously decided to spend a weekend at Punta Teonoste. Quiet secluded, the hotel is located at a stunningly beautiful bay unspoiled by mankind. All amenities are arranged with great care, and your "Honeymoon Villa" (Oregano) - the closest to the beach - lived up to our expectations.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

I just came back from a yoga teacher training at this resort. It was perfect for our group, as it was extremely secluded and had a lot of space for us to spread out.

The villas are amazingly beautiful! I highly recommend sitting in the hammock and taking an afternoon siesta. The food was great and they were always very accommodating with all our special requests.

One disturbing thing I did see, would be sea turtles nesting their eggs on the beach, and whoever sees that turtle first gets to take her eggs, so a lot of locals scope out all the beaches and claim a scary large amount of turtle eggs. The hotel has no say in this, so if you see this happening, you may be able to buy the eggs off the poacher. I'd highly recommend you do buy the eggs, and if you do, give them to the security guard or hotel staff, as they have a safe place to hatch the eggs and will release them into the ocean.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PuntaTeonoste, Propietario at Punta Teonoste, Nature Lodge & Beach Spa, responded to this review, March 6, 2012
Dear Missalicia001,

Thank you for your comments.

It was a pleasure to host the yoga retreat at our resort. We are happy you enjoyed your accommodation. Our restaurant was proud to be able to provide your special diet requests.

We are making big efforts to protect the sea turtle eggs from any depredator. Nowadays, humans are responsible in lager scale for their endangered extinction. Traditionally, locals have eaten the eggs. The new laws of Nicaragua prohibit this practice. However, since the coasts are of free transit to everyone by law, we cannot close the access to the locals, who try to take the eggs. All our staff is committed to the eggs protection. We have also hired special staff to protect the eggs and guarantee their birth in our hatchery. Many of our guests see the problem of protecting the eggs, and decide to “buy” the nest from the locals, when we were not able to arrive first. We do not believe this is the best option, but unfortunately it is the only one left to save the nest.

We want to thank you again for your support, since you have contributed to save more than 100 newborn sea turtles, making a contribution to the wild life of our planet.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

We had the privilege of hosting our most intimate yoga teacher training to date at Punta Teonoste in Jan, 2012. The service and food were fantastic, the venue was wonderful and the private beach was a perfect backdrop for sinking into nature. Our group was very well taken care of like family.
The beautiful, warm Pacific Ocean and beach allowed us to experience (5!) sea turtle nestings and a timely hatching of 100+ newborn baby turtles, we couldn't have had a more divinely timed stay for our immersion.
Despite rumors of petty theft, not one single incident or security issues for our 22 day program.
Whether you are planning a long stay like us or an evening of seclusion, Punta Teonoste is a great destination not to be missed in Nicaragua.

Room Tip: All villas all oceanfront.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PuntaTeonoste, Propietario at Punta Teonoste, Nature Lodge & Beach Spa, responded to this review, March 6, 2012
Dear Yogisurf,
Thank you very much for your comments!
We feel very pleased you enjoyed hosting your yoga teacher training at our resort.
It sure was a great experience for us too!
We had the opportunity to learn many new things with your visit, and we thank you for all the feedback we received during and after your stay. We highly take into consideration your opinions, and we are committed to give our best in all for the next retreat.
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Punta Teonoste, Nature Lodge & Beach Spa Nicaragua/Tola
Address: Del Puente las Salinas 7 km hacia el Astillero , Tola, Rivas Nicaragua, Tola 505, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Tola
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Tola
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Punta Teonoste, Nature Lodge & Beach Spa 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Punta Teonoste Nature Lodges & Beach Spa is an exclusive boutique property located on the southwestern coast of Nicaragua known as the Pacific Riviera.Our spectacular beachfront setting is nestled amidst the quaint, authentic fishing village of El Astillero and Popoyo, Nicaragua’s premier surf break.It is a secluded destination where travelers can experience the beauty of the area, the sounds, the breezes, the wildlife, the local culture and people; all without distraction of the stimuli that has become familiar in daily life.Recognized as one of only four properties in Nicaragua verified by the Rainforest Alliance, our ecological concept resists conventional lodging without compromising comfort and modern convenience.Punta Teonoste remains committed to creating and maintaining an attractive and responsible environment while also preserving the natural beauty of future generations.The chic design merges contemporary elements while respecting and embracing the surrounding nature. The public areas and bungalows also featurelocal art and design influences with some surprising subtle touches of select works representing Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Brasil, and Ghana. The result of this synergy and style is a sophisticated destination offering exceptional comfort and relaxation along with a touch of adventure. ... more   less 
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